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Readers Respond: Users Talk About Why They Chose HPV Vaccination & What it Was Like.

Responses: 18


Updated February 23, 2010

Come share your stories about what it was like to get the HPV vaccine. Why did you choose to get the vaccine when you did? Were you choosing for yourself or for a child? Was the experience good? Did you have any side effects? By sharing your decision making process you can help educate those who are trying to make up their own minds about hpv vaccination.

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Definitely worth it!

I am 13 and I just got my third dose of the HPV shot today. Ya it stings for a couple of seconds but that little bit of pain is much better than getting cancer.
—Guest Guest H

HPV Jabs 1 and 2

I have had 2 of the 3 jabs and I have had an awful experience so far. On the day of the first jab, I had a cold and this was what caused the side effects I had. I had the jab and the needle wasn't the worst. It was the fluid going through my arm which I hated. After, I sat down for 10 mins like you're supposed to before returning to my lesson. We had just packed up and were leaving the room when the top half of my vision went black. I ignored it but we got halfway down the corridor before I collapsed. I stood up but could barley walk. I got taken back to the matron and she sat me down and gave me a cup of sugary tea. (Helped a lot) After this, I got a headache which was unbearable so I went home just before the end of school. When I got home, I had another tea and was about to sleep but I felt sick and darted to the toilet, where I was sick for a couple of minutes. On the 2nd jab, but I only got a headache. These side effects are very very rare so don't worry. Good luck ;)
—Guest Eden

HPV Vaccines

i have had my first shot already. im 12 and i cried after they had done it. I didnt cry because of the needle, i cried bcause i felt the liquid going down my arm. Then i started to feel sick. I got mine at school, but i reccomend to get it at the doctors because one of my friends got it done in one of her joints and collapsed. My other friend got it scraped accross her arm. I have my 2nd one tommorow and im well worried. Hope this helped :)
—Guest allypall5

I'm getting it tomorrow!

I wasn't too worried till tonight! I have the first jab tomorrow at my secondary school. TERRIFIED, just want to get it over with. I'm sure it's worth the pain to be covered though.
—Guest Emily M

totally worth it!

I may only be 13, but my opinion is still pretty good. Anyway, I had my last jab about a week ago now. All 3 jabs went fine and if you read about some side effects that people got (like I did), they're all really rare. The 3 jabs didn't hurt at all. People think the 3rd one will be worst but really the first one is because you don't know what you're expecting. I got a little card and pink wristband and I feel proud to wear it. For anyone questioning the HPV vaccine, do it! If you're worried, go on the NHS website and look at that! Hope I helped xxx
—Guest Hannah D

Just got the shot

Just got the gardisil shot this moning. The pain in injecting was tolerable. Though i can still feel small irritable pain on my arm. Im 32, i guess itsnot too lateto take the shot coz my dr. Told me it will be wort it.
—Guest V

just got the shot

im 16 almost 17 and my mom chose to give me the shot yesterday...shortly after i fainted in the dr office. they said that is one of the uncommon side effects but it could be because i did not eat prior to my visit. all i now is i feel slight light headedness and my arm hurts...more than any other shot i got
—Guest tesspaige

HPV is more common than you think

I am 25 and have had a few partners, I'm not perfect. But I believe my now husband gave me HPV because before me he was with many women. And I hadn't been with anyone for a long time before him and had many paps and nothing showed up until we got pregnant with our daughter, I went in for my 1st appt and the doctor failed to let me know I had HPV until 6 wks after I had my daughter. The chance of her catching it was there. and they then did a biospy and found that I had mild cervical displasia I was depressed i went back in 7 months later to get another biopsy and that was last week. well there was a spot there the doctor took a biopsy of it and ended up taking the whole thing and sent it off to get tested. it came back that my body fought off the disease!!! there is a 10% chance it can come back. today I got my first dose of the HPV vaccine. no side affects, it stung for about 30 seconds. but that is nothing compared to possibly giving it to your children or dying from cancer.

Rare Cancer.......ha ! ( Not as rare as

In my early 20's I was told by my gyno that I had hpv, that was back in 1992. She said it was NOTHING to worry about...... Fast forward to 2007, I was diagnosed with VIN carcinoma in situ. OK, MOST of you probably have no idea what that is, At the time I didn't either. I was referred to an Oncologist, who explained I had Vulvar intraepithelial Neoplasm , caused by HPV. There was no Gardisil, or HPV vaccines when I was younger. If there would've been.....I probably would have gotten it. Anyhow, I ended up having surgery to remove both my outer vulva, and within 8 months I was back in for another surgery to remove more lesions!!! In the mean time I found a cancer group via the internet & realized there were MANY women, girls going thru the same things, or various things ( cancers) caused by HPV. So when people tell you It's a RARE Disease....... it's NOT as rare as they'd lead you to believe. Ladies die from it too.
—Guest Andi

Worth the Pain

I am 22 years old and just started the series of HPV shots last week. I believe the vaccine is safe, and any amount of pain is worth the protection from cervical cancer. Even though I am not considered high risk, I still believe in taking precautions and protecting myself and my future family. The first shot did sting (about a 5 on a pain scale of 1-10), but that stinging sensation lasted only seconds. Afterwards, the only side effect I felt was soreness in the arm in which the shot was given. This lasted for a little over a week. It's not comfortable, but it's way worth the benefit of the shot!
—Guest Charlotte

hpv shot hpv

I got mine like 3 months ago and I had already had hpv down there and it actually helped my body finally fight off the warts. The vaccine burned a lot when they injected but after that I was fine, I didn't have any side affects at all. So I'd say for anyone sexual active to get it! Because when I was 17 my mom told me I didn't need the gardisil it and look what happened to me at age 20 I ended up catching a strain on hpv :( . So I'd definitely recomend the shot.
—Guest Jane

I'm Pretty scared!

I have mine in two days time! I am so scared. I looked on the internet for videos of people getting it done but they always flinch from the pain or scream their heads off. Please write some reassuring words!!!

Still have pain one year after!

I still have almost a phantom pain in my arm where the injection was. Like I'm getting the shot again and it's been more than a year after I got the shot. I got it only once because I heard about scary side effects only after so I never went back. However, I have realized I have this pain and this is the last shot I got - the exact same spot and it was very painful at the time.
—Guest Ashley Anna

It's some protection...

I was sexually assaulted as a teenager and won't have smears. I felt the vaccination would give me some protection and was worth the risk...my Dr has said I'd be very unlucky to get this cancer, which is quite rare, but because of the assaults I'm high risk. She understands having smears is not an option for me. I think we need a non-invasive and more reliable test...men got a blood test for prostate cancer very quickly when many refused rectal exams. I think doctors like the money that comes from smears and all the investigations for false positives. That's the other issue, my Dr said there is a high risk of a false positive sooner or later, so smears means accepting even more invasive exams and procedures. She said about two thirds of her patients have been referred, almost all were false positives. We need to pressure the profession for something better, this is an inaccurate and demeaning test. Many women won't have it and certainly won't have it regularly.
—Guest HJ

Not for me...

I chose not to have the vaccine. The risks worried me...also, this is an uncommon cancer. My husband and I were also virgins when we met, so I'm low risk for this cancer anyway. I don't really understand why we spend so much money on this cancer, it only affects a very small percentage of women. In the UK there has been a lot of information recently informing women of the rareness of cancer and that pap smears cause huge amounts of unnecessary treatment. All of this was deliberately concealed from women until recently. I'll try to live a healthy lifestyle and don't plan to worry about rare cancers. I'll look at breast screening closely later in life, but there are risks with that too. We heard about that recently as well. Sometimes the best thing is to exercise, eat well and manage your stress levels. I hope your doctors decide it's time for honesty as well...I think US and Australian women are still unaware of the facts behind screening.
—Guest Annie

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